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City Council takes up new liquor ordinance

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The Waterloo City Council is taking aim at slowing down the increasing number of liquor stores in several neighborhoods.

On Monday night the city council will hold a hearing on a new ordinance that could completely ban any new business that would want to sell or serve alcohol in specific neighborhoods. The neighborhoods include those along Broadway Street, East 4th street, Logan Avenue, and the Church Row neighborhood.

Just blocks away from several liquor stores is a youth baseball complex. Parents like Nick Tovar they are just to close together.

"There's too many close to where the kids play baseball or where kids are just running around or on their bikes and I just don't believe there needs to be that many liquor stores in the area," said Tovar.

The Waterloo City council has been trying to find a permanent solution to this growing problem for years.

This new ordinance would limit how much alcohol can be sold at convenience stores, grocery stores, and even restaurants. This ordinance would also require these businesses to have a certified accountant look over their books whenever they needed to renew their liquor license. The ordinance would also limit how much advertising a business could do for alcohol as well as banning drive-up windows.

City Planner Aric Schroeder helped write the ordinance.

"It really is to try and clean-up some of the problems that have been occurring around some of the alcohol establishments, some of the loitering, littering, and other calls for police activity or crime in the general area," said Schroeder.

As for Tovar, he believes the city council is moving in the right direction.

"Well I believe that anything, whether it's alcohol or drugs, it's going to create an issue and if it's not contained or controlled and there's always issues with it," said Tovar.

The first reading of the ordinance will take place Monday night. It could take up to three readings before the ordinance could be passed.

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